Yesterday, the Moon proved a better door than a window, causing a total eclipse over parts of the globe. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe brings you a Mitsubishi Eclipse, but will its price allow it to darken your doorstep?
The Mitsu Eclipse isn't actually named for down in front! celestial phenomenon, but for an 18th Century race horse that managed a remarkable 23 victories. If one horse can gain such an accolade, imagine what the 210 horses under the hood of this 1999 Eclipse GSX can do.
Rocking only 34,000 miles under its all-wheel drive, this silver coupe is in a shape that you only see once in a blue moon. The seller claims it is dent and scratch free, and has spent the last 11 winters in bear-like hibernation, only coming out each spring to mate. That's probably where all those Talons and Lasers came from.
Contemporary tests of the Normal Illinois-built sport coupe praised its nimble handling, power and fuel economy. Newly standard on the GSX for '99 were ABS brakes and and a rear LSD, enhancing both the slow and the go. The cabin on these cars is tighter than a camel's ass in a sand storm, but as you can see from the video, it has all the bells and whistles you could want, plus loose change seems to pop up nearly everywhere!
Add-ons inside include a Defi-Link boost gauge and mirrored Defi A/F ratio gauge in a custom cluster. Under the hood, the seller has added a cone filter for the sucking and a 3" cat-back Apexi exhaust with the expected fart can for the farting. Below that, the factory rubber bushings have been switched for poly, a change that usually means a stiffer ride and more squeaks than a vinyl fetishist's orgy. Helping you make the most of all that is a short-shifter for the factory five-speed, which, when equipped, would help the 3,160 lb Mitsu do sixty in a sun-blotting six and a half seconds.
The seller describes the car as the cleanest 2nd-generation Eclipse you're likely to find, and has priced it accordingly. That means that he wants $11,900 for it, and, in an attempt to stave off bottom feeders, warns responders that he's well aware of the NADA for the car and doesn't want to waste his time our yours. Despite that, he claims to be open to offers, but his No Kamikaze pilots, please! admonition leads one to believe the offer he'd be most open to would be that of $11,900.
So, how open would you be to paying that much for what is described as the cleanest Eclipse in all creation? Does its presentation make it look like the best deal under the sun? Or, does that price eclipse any interest you may have had in the car?
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